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Posted By: Puffenkinty
30-Jul-02 - 01:34 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Subject: Lady Mary
Does anybody know the backgound of the song "Lady Mary", the one that begins "He came from his palace grand/ He came to my cottage door."? Joan Baez sings it in one of her early albums, and the liner notes say only that the song is Jacobean in origin.

Was the song derived from a longer ballad? Who is the "Lady Mary, so cold and so strange" mentioned in the song, and who is the un-named man? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Lady Mary in the Digital Tradition

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